Read By Third Grade New Law

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Based on Public Law 306 (October 2016), third grade students who are more than a year below grade level on the state ELA assessment are under consideration for retention in third grade.  Dearborn Public Schools staff in elementary schools have been systematically planning to ensure that teachers have the training to teach reading effectively and that students receive small group instruction based on their needs.  The current year second graders are the first group to potentially be impacted by the legislation. 
You are invited to join the district task force to strengthen the planning process and to ensure that the community is informed and engaged in the success of every student.
If you would like to participate, please complete the survey.
Email addresses will be required to send confirmation and changes/reminders after the first of the year.
Thank you for helping to publicize the task force. As a community working together, we will ensure every student is successful.

Scholastic Book Fair

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Miller will be having a book fair this week.  The children will be bringing home a flier today with just a sample of the books that they will be able to buy, but there will be many more books there, too.   If your child will be bringing in money to go to the fair, please encourage them to spend the money on good fit books, rather than posters and erasers.   You are also welcome to come book shopping to add to your family library.  🙂

This Week’s Focus December 3-7th

This week (12-3-18) we will be focusing on:

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Reading:

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

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Writing:

Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

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Math:

Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).

Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. For example, subtract 10 – 8 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to 8.

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Science:

Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.
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Social Studies:  

Describe economic wants they have experienced.

Use fundamental principles and concepts of economics to understand economic activity in a market economy.

Spelling List 13

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Your child should study their words at home every day to practice the skill we are focusing on for the week.  They will also be tested on 2 “mystery words” that also follow the weekly skill.

Our next test will be on Friday, December 7th.

Spelling Skill:  -or words

  1. form
  2. corn
  3. torn
  4. more
  5. store
  6. core
  7. went
  8. are
  9. came
  10. ride

*Modified List: corn, torn, more, core, ride

This Week’s Focus November 26-30th

This week (11-26-18) we will be focusing on:

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Reading:

Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text

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Writing:

Write narratives in which students recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

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Math:

Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract. Examples: If 8 + 3 = 11 is known, then 3 + 8 = 11 is also known. (Commutative property of addition.) To add 2 + 6 + 4, the second two numbers can be added to make a ten, so 2 + 6 + 4 = 2 + 10 = 12. (Associative property of addition.)

Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).

Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. For example, subtract 10 – 8 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to 8.

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Science:

Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.
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Social Studies:  

Demonstrate chronological thinking by distinguishing among past, present, and future and family or school events.

Use components of culture (e.g., foods, language, religion, traditions) to describe diversity in family life.

Describe some responsibilities people have at home and at school (e.g., taking care of oneself, respect for the rights of others, following rules, getting along with others). Investigate a family history for at least two generations, identify various members and their connections

Spelling Words November 26-30th

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Your child should study their words at home every day to practice the skill we are focusing on for the week.  They will also be tested on 2 “mystery words” that also follow the weekly skill.

Our next test will be on Friday, November 30th.

  1. such
  2. much
  3. inch
  4. bunch
  5. catch
  6. hatch
  7. be
  8. have
  9. like
  10. will

*modified words: such, much, inch, be, like

Happy Thanksgiving

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I am thankful for my students and their wonderful families! 🙂

The only work students should do over the break are reading (20 minutes) and math (Zearn for 20 minutes). No math homework pages are going home today. Also, Family Tree Projects are due on Tuesday, November 27th.

*Just a little reminder that we will not have school tomorrow. The students will return on Monday, November 26th.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Project Family Tree

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We have been studying about the past, cultural diversity and how families are different in social studies. On Friday, the children brought home a family tree project and a black piece of construction paper to glue their tree on for a nice display. The projects are due after Thanksgiving on Tuesday, November 27th. I hope you have fun working together to complete the family tree. We are all looking forward to learning more about our friends. 🙂